Lundin, CIRDI, and the myths of boys and men

Lundin and CIRDI: grown-ups acting out boyhood fantasies of conquest and digging

Topping up the millions of dollars of government and university financial contributions to the CIRDI scheme, the Lundin Foundation is the extractive industries institute’s largest mining-sector contributor, having committed $1,000,000 cash and $120,000 of in-kind support (pp.72-74 of this document). And Stephen Nairne, the Foundation’s managing director, claims an influential role in the institute from his position on CIRDI’s Board of Directors.

As little more than a public relations arm of the Lundin Group of mining and oil companies, the Lundin Foundation oversees philanthropic acts (like providing training to locals who are already impacted by the mining operations, in providing low-skill secondary services to the mine, an effort branded as supporting “sustainable livelihoods”) that are little more than cunning strategies to deflect criticism.

Swedish PhD student Hanna Dahlstrom recently published the article Busting the myth of Northern exceptionalism – CIRDI and Lundin’s colonial corporate (ad)ventures, in The Talon, UBC’s alternative student press.

She examines the failures of both CIRDI and the Lundin Foundation at addressing the fundamental harms the organizations pose to mining-affected communities, by championing a doctrine of ‘development through extraction’ and prioritizing Canadian experts’ techno-managerial solutions ahead of questions of consent and impacted peoples’ own ways of knowing, being, and ordering their world.

In the Swedish press a great deal is published about the rampaging Lundin boys and their often-dubious, often-risky dealings throughout the world. Hanna Dahlstrom’s article brings us these details in a unique look at the companies and their links to – and parallels with – the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute in Vancouver.

Read the full text of the article on The Talon.